Uzbekistan is a land rich in history, diversity of geography and high on a natural beauty of the desolate kind. The manmade beauty is awe-inspiring – ancient cities that date back 2500 years with their trappings of trade and religion – trading outposts, mosques, mausoleums and Madrassas. Being in the middle of the Silk route, the country had great strategic importance for trade and hence saw a lot of war and conquests. One of its most famous cities, Samarkand, was conquered by Alexander the Great. When the Arabs came in, they introduced Islam in the 8th-9th century.

The most famous leader to come from Uzbekistan is Tamerlane who was born in Samarkand. His line is the line of the Mughals who changed the course of India’s history… We went into this country with this history in mind and while moving around, realised that there was more… We realised that there is a Buddhist trail here with an extensive presence of Buddhism from the ancient ages. After all, as a nice man who we met in Bukhara said “Where there is war, there will also be a way of peace…

We have put together 2 experience capsules for you here based on our experiences in this country – one focussing on the history and the other focussing on the Buddhist trail… Do take a look…

Beyonder in Uzbekistan – Heart of the Great Silk Road 6N/7D

Uzbekistan–The Great Silk Road 7D/6N

The Great Silk Route was a route for ancient trade between the East and West. This in a sense really shaped the contours of world trade, commerce and hence distribution of wealth… And as a function of that the history of the …

Beyonder in Uzbekistan – The Buddhist Trail 7N/8D

Uzbekistan –The Buddhist Trail 8D/7N

The earliest information about the extensive Buddhist presence in this region came from a 7th Century Buddhist pilgrim Xuan Zang who visited Central Asia and described this rich and fascinating land extensively. He wrote about …